11:02AM, Sunday 20 March 2016
Youth and community performances have stolen the show at this year’s Windsor Spring Festival.
The eight-day festival started on Saturday, March 12, and finishes today (Sunday).
St Michael’s Church in Bray was filled with the sound of music and laughter for the performance of The Happy Prince, run by Music at Bray as part of the festival last weekend..
More than 70 children from the parish took part in the opera which was based on a story written by Oscar Wilde and with music composed by Malcolm Williamson.
Jim Tucker, trustee of Music at Bray, said: “The opera was written for children and we also had a professional orchestra and two professional lead singers.”
Other musical and artistic performances have been taking place in the area as part of the festival, said organiser Martin Denny.
“Windsor Spring Festival got off to a flying start, with a superb concert from Taplow Youth Choir and Friends in St George’s Chapel, and the inaugural Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition, which was of the highest standard,” he said.
“The Community Stage in Windsor Royal Shopping was very well-received on the first weekend.
“The Spring Festival is indeed proving to be the celebration of youth and community performances for which we had aimed and hoped.”
There will be performances on the community stage at the Windsor Royal Shopping at noon until 4pm today.
The festival will close with a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at Windsor Parish Church at 6.30pm this evening.
The town’s main festival in September runs in locations around Windsor, including the castle. Visit www.windsorfestival.com for details.
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